I’ve baked lots of goodies for my nephews over the years, mostly sending goodie packages during their college days. They still love the sweets and nowadays it’s fun to bake for their kiddies too. Usually, it’s decorated cookies for birthday parties or a sweet treat for school birthday celebrations. For his 5th birthday with his pre-K classmates, one of my twin nephews requested Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins like the Entenmann’s Little Bites. There are several varieties which fit perfectly into little hands and they are the rage with the young set.

So I had to see what the excitement was about. I searched the Internet and found a recipe that touted to be the same as the Little Bites and went with that one. When I tasted a muffin, it was bland and seemed to be missing something. So I came up with my own recipe which is a compilation of several on the internet. Simply by increasing the amount of sugar and adding brown sugar, it brought out more flavor. (If you’re wondering, his twin’s choice was the same as their big brother ... M&M Cookies, both choices a winner)

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 cups flour
cups sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1½ cups mini or regular-sized chocolate chips
½ cup butter (1 stick), melted & cooled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1½ cups milk
2 tsp vanilla 

Grease muffin tins or fill with paper liners.
Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add chocolate chips. Set aside.
Whisk butter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Stir just until everything is moistened and combined. Be careful not to over-stir. Pour into muffin tins to 7/8 full.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-16 minutes for mini-muffins; 15-18 minutes for regular muffins. 
These muffins do not brown. Makes 60 minis and 20-24 regular muffins.
[This recipe is a variation of several recipes found on the Internet]

Regular Size Muffins

 Tip:  After filling the tin, before baking sprinkle chips on top.



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All good things must come to an end. For the last year, I’ve given a lot of thought about whether I would continue the blog beyond 2020. After nearly 250 blog posts and 8 years of blogging, having begun this endeavor in January 2013, I have come to the decision that this will be my last year doing My Cookie Clinic.

The blog takes a lot of time and I’ve calculated it is a 15-17 hour process to create each blog post. There is prep time which begins with making the cookie dough, rolling it out,  cutting the shapes, baking time, mixing the royal icing, coloring and preparing icing. All that takes place before the decorating process begins. Then, each step is photographed as well as glamour shots of the finished cookies. Let’s not forget cleanup. It’s amazing how many bowls, spatulas, spoons, piping tips and bags are used and what a mess I can make! Next, is the blog post. I spend a lot of time composing and editing the anecdotes. The decorating instructions take little time but it is the photography that bogs me down. I take nearly 100 photos for each project and it takes hours to choose, edit and beautify them.

You can probably tell from my infrequent online postings that I am not a fan of social media. I only follow bakers and cookie decorators but I feel my time could be better spent. In fact, I think what finally prompted my decision to stop blogging was the quantity of toilet paper cookies and cakes posted on social media during the peak of the global Coronavirus pandemic. I fail to see the humor when people are full of fear and anxiety over their health and livelihood and those of their loved ones.

I have enjoyed working on the blog, meeting other blogging buddies and bringing the anecdotes and tutorials to you. Now I would like to spend time completing the many tasks on my to do list and boating on the Chesapeake Bay with my husband. Then there’s that piece of furniture that needs refinishing. I plan to continue decorating cookies for family and friends, baking cakes and other sweets which have always been a pastime for me.

I will continue to create cookie posts during 2020 and the blog will be online until the end of this calendar year, as well as my Facebook and Instagram pages. If there are any anecdotes, tutorials or recipes you would like to keep, I suggest you make a note of them as My Cookie Clinic and all social media pages (except YouTube) will be removed from the Internet after December. For anyone, who would like a copy of my e-book containing the 35+ recipes listed under the Recipes tab, send an email to and I will send you a copy. 

To my subscribers and blogging buddies, thank you for your kindness, support and encouragement. It has meant more to me than you will ever know. I truly hope my little blog has inspired you and brought sweetness to your world.
Happy baking!  Joan

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The definition of the word ‘suffrage’ is the right to vote in public, political elections and as you know, the Suffragettes were the women who valiantly fought and marched for the rights of women to get the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920 and now 100 years later, women voters are greater in numbers than men. We’ve come a long way, baby! It was not easy and it took nearly 70 years. It began with a speech in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the first women’s convention. Along with Susan B. Anthony they began a movement. Sadly, neither lived to see their goal come to fruition but generations of women have benefited from their cause. So, ladies it is your duty to cast your vote in all elections; not just the national ones but all state, local and special elections. Something I have proudly done since legally becoming of age to vote. Please, don’t take this right for granted. 

Even though it may not seem like summertime, I thought these Lemon Dress cookies would remind us how cheerful and sunshiny life will be sometime soon. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

Lemon Dress Cookies
Dress Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding  tinted yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado & AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #3
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe dots with #3 tip in yellow flood icing. Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in green flood icing.

Using scribe tool, pull to create lemon shape. Pull to create leaf shape. Let dry overnight.



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Was there something you really, really wanted as a kid? For me, there were three things. One was an inground swimming pool .... isn't that on everyone's list? Another was to wear glasses because I thought they were cool. These days, I can’t go anywhere without my specs! The other, to play the piano but my parents could not afford the lessons or the piano. Those black and ivory keys looked like fun to play and I love the sound of a piano. My husband has a keyboard so it is definitely on my to do list. During this stay home phase of life, it may be a good time to pick up that instruction book. As I look back on it, maybe I was lucky because classmates who had to practice piano everyday after school complained a lot. Maybe those kids were jealous of their pals who could run out and play after school without a thought to piano practice?

These cookies are made with the musical note cutter and an easy cookie to decorate. Since the shape is simple yet distinctive, I added a flourish to complement the cookie.

Musical Note Cookies
Musical Note Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Royal Purple
Royal Icing for detail tinted Purple with AmeriColor Royal Purple and AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for detail tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green and AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #18
Wilton Leaf Tip #352

Outline cookie with #2 tip in lavender icing.
Flood cookie with lavender icing. Let dry overnight.

Pipe flowers with star tip #18 in purple icing.

Pipe leaf with leaf tip #352 in green icing. Let 5 hours.




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BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT/ 5 Marvelous Bloggers

I would like to introduce you to my blogging buddies. These ladies possess remarkable talent and inspire with their limitless creativity. I am grateful for their support and encouragement along my blogging journey. Come meet, Deb, Kara Jane, Amy, Jemma and Laura. Take a tour of their websites and be inspired. 

Deb shares her favorite recipes inspired by her ancestors. Her blog is a virtual cookbook of salads, appetizers, crepes, snacks, cookies, desserts and dinners such as Tomato Basil Soup with Feta and Skillet Baked Spinach Ravioli. And did someone say lemon? It’s Deb’s favorite ingredient and she has every kind of recipe you can think of with lemons, even a Lemoncello Martini.
Kara Jane has an obsession with cakes and shares her immense knowledge of how to bake the perfect cake, whip up a creamy buttercream frosting and yummy dessert recipes sure to impress. She explains the science of baking demonstrates the proper way to mix ingredients and the pitfalls of baking. Her scrumptious sweets will enchant your sweet tooth.

Amy is a world traveler who shares her excursions through her beautiful photography. She will take you on a guided tour from New York City to Iceland to Greece to Amsterdam. She transports you as she beautifully describes the culture and food of each destination. I feel as if I've traveled the world through her beautiful photographs and descriptive anecdotes.

Jemma will take you into her world of gardening, crafting, decorating and baking. She inspires with her home décor for every occasion, her charming holiday tablescapes and gardening tips. Her heartfelt writings in Jemma’s Tales accompanied by beautiful photographs are not to be missed.

Laura’s talents as a decorator, seamstress and crafter will amaze. She inspires through home décor, holiday crafts and tablescapes. Her fashion post through the eras and decades is one of my favorites. Besides all that, Laura honors the legacy of her ancestor, Laura Ingalls from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ fame in the Story of Laura Ingalls and Tour of Laura’s Homes.

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